Review: Dynafit ST Rotation 10 Ski Bindings · 2023

Published on 07/19/2023 · 3 min readCurated Ski Experts share their experience with using the 2023 Dynafit ST Rotation 10 Ski Bindings. Note that experts are not sponsored by any brands; these are their honest opinions.
Hunter R., Ski Expert
By Ski Expert Hunter R.
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The Curated Take

4.8/5

The Dynafit ST Rotation 10 ski bindings are ideal for skiers prioritizing safety features, good power transmission, and versatile usage. These bindings offer super-efficient power transfer, outperforming other touring bindings and nearly matching alpine bindings. With a reliable lateral movement sensor, they ensure the boot releases during falls, increasing safety for those with knee concerns. The bindings are highly durable with proper care, versatile enough for both touring and resort use, and come with three riser levels and brakes for convenience. The price-to-feature ratio makes them a worthwhile investment.

Ideal for
  • Easy to switch from tour to ski mode
  • Great power transfer
  • Stable, safe toe piece with great release reliability on the downhill
Not ideal for
  • Not sturdy enough for resort skiing
  • Toe sometimes releases on uphill mode
  • Heavier than some touring bindings
Power Transfer
Hunter R., Curated Expert
The lower weight and design of touring bindings versus regular resort bindings generally make them less efficient in power transfer. I have tried a few touring bindings that were more...Read more
Release Reliability
Hunter R., Curated Expert
I purchased these bindings for the fact that they have a lateral movement sensor in the toe which releases my boot if I'm falling. I have had knee surgery twice...Read more
Durability
Hunter R., Curated Expert
I have used these bindings for several years on countless tours, and they are still in great shape. The only issue I have noticed is that the toe pins got...Read more
Versatility
Hunter R., Curated Expert
Though I have skied with these at resorts a few times, they're not my first choice. They are less burly and stable-feeling to ski on than a classic heavy-duty resort...Read more

Expert Reviews of the Dynafit ST Rotation 10 Ski Bindings

 I have used a variation of the ST Rotation 10 for three years now, and it's the only binding I trust on my touring skis. Having dealt with knee surgeries years ago, I wanted something that had maximum safety. The toe piece on this binding has a pivot feature that only allows it to eject when I'm falling. Many touring bindings on the market are so lightweight that they will eject if I hit a bump or fail to eject when I fall. This binding has a lateral movement sensor to make the ejection more reliable. It also has three riser levels to help me on the steep uphills, and it's super easy to adjust the heel piece when switching from walk to ski mode. Having tested other touring bindings, I felt they focused so heavily on keeping the weight low that they didn't ski well. That's not the case with the Rotation 10. It has great power transmission because it's not a beefy alpine binding and skis well. Though it's not the lightest touring binding out there, I highly recommend it to any skier who prioritizes safety features and great power transmission over low weight. Unlike many touring bindings, I also like that this binding comes with brakes, making it easier to clip into my skis at the top of the hike before skiing down.

Product Specs

GenderUnisex
Model year2023
Ski binding typeAlpine Touring, Tech
Skill levelAdvanced, Expert
Din release - low value4
Din release - high value10

Review Ratings

Power Transfer

5/5
 gave 5 of 5 stars. The lower weight and design of touring bindings versus regular resort bindings generally make them less efficient in power transfer. I have tried a few touring bindings that were more minimalist than the ST Rotation 10. I felt like I had to learn how to ski again after 20 years of regular resort skiing because the power transfer was so inefficient that it caused difficulty in controlling my skis. The ST Rotations are still not as great at power transfer as a classic alpine binding. Still, they are the best touring bindings I have found for power transfer and almost feel like an alpine binding.

Release Reliability

5/5
 gave 5 of 5 stars. I purchased these bindings for the fact that they have a lateral movement sensor in the toe which releases my boot if I'm falling. I have had knee surgery twice and don't want to take any chances with tearing another ACL due to my bindings not releasing. I have fallen a few times in these, and whenever my leg twists in an awkward direction, my boot pops out. Every time it's a smaller fall where I don't need my bindings to release, they stay secure.

Durability

5/5
 gave 5 of 5 stars. I have used these bindings for several years on countless tours, and they are still in great shape. The only issue I have noticed is that the toe pins got rusty. I was on one ski trip where I just kept my skis in the back of my truck when not in use and didn't bring them inside or fully let them dry, and the toe pins started to get a bit rusty. I wiped this off with a paper towel, and it hasn't come back. It was also only on the toe pieces, and every other moving part of these bindings still works flawlessly, just like the day I got them.

Versatility

4/5
 gave 4 of 5 stars. Though I have skied with these at resorts a few times, they're not my first choice. They are less burly and stable-feeling to ski on than a classic heavy-duty resort binding. That being said, they are burlier than many other touring bindings, so I think they are way more versatile than other super minimalist touring bindings. They have three riser levels to help with the uphill and a DIN setting and brakes. Most touring ski bindings do not have brakes, making them a bit trickier to click into my bindings at the top of the run.

FAQs

What was your favorite moment with this gear?

It's hard to pick an exact favorite moment with these bindings. Still, all of my favorite times skiing with the ST Rotations have been the really early dawn patrol tours where the resorts aren't open yet, and there’s no traffic. I get to see the sunrise on the hike up. It's an incredible feeling to have the ability just to grab my skis and go to the mountains before anyone else is awake. I also love the feeling of skiing down something that I have hiked up. Skiing is so fun in itself, but the sense of accomplishment I get from knowing that I walked up a whole mountain to get there is really satisfying and wouldn't be possible with a regular set of alpines.

Why did you choose this product?

I chose the ST Rotations over other touring bindings for the fact that they have more reliable release features if I'm falling. I have had two ACL surgeries and never want to do that again. Both times I tore it were skiing at a resort, and my binding should have ejected and didn't, leading my knee to twist in a way it shouldn't have. ACL surgery was brutal and left me out of skiing for a full year and out of summertime running and hiking for two years. After tearing my ACL the second time, skiing wasn't quite as fun as it used to be because I was a little on edge all the time about this happening again. I decided to get into backcountry skiing for the exercise aspect of it, and it's less risky to my knees since I'm not doing as much downhill as I would at a resort. Going into my first season of backcountry touring, I asked my doctor (an avid skier himself) what to look for in a touring binding, and he recommended a few bindings, the ST Rotation among them. The lateral toe sensor gives me some extra protection and reliability if I do fall, and so far has worked well ejecting my boot when I need it to and not when I don't.

What is the value for the money versus other options?

Backcountry bindings are more expensive than resort bindings, usually around $700 for touring bindings and closer to $300 for resort bindings. The ST Rotations are closer to $600, making them in the low-middle price range for touring bindings. I think these are well worth the money with all the added convenience features (three riser levels, brakes) and safety features (lateral toe sensor).

What do you love about this product?

I love the feel of this touring binding compared to other touring bindings because it has excellent power transfer and feels burly enough to handle being skied aggressively. I also love the added safety features of the lateral toe ejection, making the ST Rotation safer on the knees than most other touring bindings, which do not have that lateral ejection feature. Though it is not the most ultralight option for skiers who really value quick, fast ascents with minimal weight, it has a lot of other features which I use and value over low weight. The ST Rotation has three riser-level options for the uphill and brakes. There was one time I was touring with a friend who had the Dynafit Superlite 150 (which does not have brakes), and the top where we were transitioning to downhill was super windy. This was not an issue for me since my brakes kept my skis from getting away in the wind, but he ended up chasing his ski a few feet down the hill because the wind had blown it. I like this feature, and the triple riser feature helps make the uphill feel much easier. It's also super easy to swap from uphill to downhill in these bindings while keeping my skis on my feet since all I need to do is rotate the heel piece 90°.
Hunter R., Ski Expert
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